Mentorship

CARFAC SASK offers mentorship opportunities for Saskatchewan visual artists. These programs assist artists in their professional development and create opportunities for increased public exposure of their work.

CARFAC SASK has four mentorship programs. See below!

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Visual artists must master many skills beyond making art in order to become self-sustaining professionals. Often, these skills and resources are best acquired through experience. A mentor, having established their own career, can pass along crucial knowledge, connections, and support.

The CARFAC SASK Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for Saskatchewan visual artists to work together in an informal peer learning, professional development framework, with experienced artists mentoring developing artists.

Mentors provide personalized support, training, advice, assessment, encouragement and feedback on a regular basis through group meetings, studio visits, regular critiques, etc. Mentees gain professional development, technical skills, and most importantly, the growth of self-esteem and confidence. Contracts are used for both mentors and mentees; mentors are paid a fee for each artist assigned to them; mentees are provided a materials allowance. Applications from potential mentees and mentors are welcomed in mid June each year.

Application info: Mentorship 2018-2019

Contact the CARFAC SASK Mentorship Program Coordinator at 306-522-9788 or programs@carfac.sk.ca.

The Mentor in Residence program is an advanced mentorship opportunity for mid-career and established professional artists to connect with an artist, curator, or art critic. The visiting mentor provides private studio visits and/or critiques to support and strengthen the participants' practices. This program is free to CARFAC members and $45 to non-members.

Resident Mentors have included nationally recognized and acclaimed individuals, such as:

  • Brendan Lee Satish Tang, 2017
  • Luanne Martineau, 2016
  • Michelle LaVallee and Adrian Stimson, 2015
  • Ed Pien, 2014
  • Cliff Eyland, 2013
  • Nancy Tousley, 2012
  • Wayne Baerwaldt, 2011

Our 2018 Mentor in Residence is PETER MORIN! 

Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and educator. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin’s research investigates the impacts that occur between indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism. In addition to his object making and performance-based practice, Morin has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery. Morin joined the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Faculty at Brandon University in 2014.

Peter will conduct studio visits in Saskatoon from May 26th - 29th and in Regina from May 31st - June 3rd. Visits in other centres may be offered depending on interest. 

Public artist talks will be presented in both Saskatoon (May 29th at AKA Artist Run) and in Regina (May 31st at Art Gallery of Regina). 


To apply, please upload the following to a single folder in Dropbox and email to programs@carfac.sk.ca: 

  • A letter of interest. Why do you want to participate in the program? How will the experience benefit your professional practice? State your top three preferred dates and times for a studio visit. (max 1 page)
  • A resume (max 3 pages) 
  • 5 images of your work (JPG) or a short video (max 5 minute segment) labelled with artist name and title of work. Include an image list with title, date, media, and dimensions. Include links and/or password to any online multimedia documentation in your submissions email. 

Deadline to apply is May 18, 2018. Only digital submissions will be accepted. 

For more information contact Terri at the CARFAC SASK Regina office: 
call 306-522-9788 or email programs@carfac.sk.ca

  

!!!CARFAC SASK members have access to one free hour of mentorship with any one mentor on our roster!!! Valid until June 30th, 2018. Available to current CARFAC SASK members only. Contact the mentor of your choice to get started today! 

There are times when artists need a fresh perspective - one that comes from beyond the boundaries of their mind and studio. Sometimes a short visit with another artist can be the key to honing a grant proposal or solving a technical or conceptual challenge.

The Rent a Mentor program presents a roster of professional artist mentors who are available for hire by individual artists. The minimum hourly rate is between $50 - $75, negotiable with each mentor. Artists are asked to contact the mentor directly to arrange a meeting time, the length and focus of the visit, and payment. Full payment to the mentor must be made in advance of each session via cash or e-transfer. For now, mentors are available for studio visits in their local area only; we hope to be able to support mentor travel in the future. Of course, if the support you need can be accomplished via email, phone, or internet, you are welcome to contact any mentor you'd prefer! 

Rent a Mentor offers short-term, responsive, and affordable support for professional and creative challenges. Contact the mentor of your choice to get started!


 Heather Benning currently lives and works in rural Saskatchewan. She completed a bachelor of fine arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a master of sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Between her degrees, Benning returned to Saskatchewan, where she completed several large-scale, site-specific installations. She has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada (Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Ontario) and abroad (United States, Spain, Germany, Scotland, England, and France). Heather’s work has been reviewed in Canadian Art magazine (Spring 2005, 2011), Sculpture magazine (Spring 2008), Galleries West (2009), Espace (Winter 2009/2010), Uppercase Magazine (Issue 8), Studio Magazine, and The National Post.

Heather is pleased to offer support in the areas of: feedback on works in progress, exhibition development, documentation of work, proposal development for grants and exhibitions, and guidance/tutorial in sculptural materials and processes (such as but not limited to: mold-making, casting, plastics and resin, silicone, plaster, wax, etc.) Heather is available in the Humboldt area and will be able to do some travel. Contact Heather at: benning.carfac@gmail.com


 Michel Boutin is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator living and working in Prince Albert. Michel is an advocate for contemporary indigenous art and culture as well as Artist Run Centres, Urban Art, and DIY initiatives. He is the Artistic Director for IPAC, the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective of Prince Albert Inc. He Graduated with a BFA from the University of Regina in 1995. His work has been widely exhibited throughout the province. Michel is a long standing member of CARFAC SASK and has been involved with various mentorship programs since 2002.

Michel is pleased to offer support in the areas of: studio visits and critiques, preparing work for exhibition, artist statements and proposals, navigating the art world, and DIY initiatives. Michel is available in Prince Albert. Contact Michel at: m.boutin@shaw.ca


 Gabriela García-Luna is a photo-based and installation artist and passionate traveller born in Mexico City. She is now based in Canada and India. Her work investigates ideas about permanence, ephemerality, time, memory and notions of reality. She has experimented with photography and a wide range of forms, crossing lines and integrating diverse disciplines in her work. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Mexico and India. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and her work is included in public and private collections.

As a mentor, Gabriela is interested in helping artists developing new ideas and processes for their work as well as in supporting the completion of areas of work in progress for its presentation and distribution. She offers analytic and felt feedback, thoughtful questioning, and considerate suggestions in areas for development. She can also provide practical advice for grant proposals, exhibitions planning, and production, as well as practical guidance for photographing artwork. Gabriela is available in Moose Jaw. Contact Gabriela at: garcilaluna.art@gmail.com


 Marsha Kennedy has worked in painting, mix-media (2-D and 3-D), printmaking and photography over her 39-year art practice. She is a recipient of the CARFAC SASK Patrick Close Leadership in the Arts Award for her outstanding work as a mentor to artists in the community. She recently retired from teaching in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Regina to focus on her art practice and is represented by Slate Art Gallery.

She is most interested in helping artists find their own unique voice within their art practice and giving important feedback to artists who are interested in engaging in dynamic exchanges within a studio context. She is very experienced in advising and helping artists in all areas of art practice development, some of which include: technical, formal and stylistic concerns, conceptual development, artist statements, grant writing, exhibition proposals/planning and development. Marsha is available in Regina. Contact Marsha at: kennedy.carfac@gmail.com


Are you interested in honing your critical art writing skills? Would you like to produce essays and reviews for art publications?

APPLY TODAY for a spot in CARFAC SASK's NEW Critical Art Writing Mentorship Program!

This pilot program will support emerging writers in honing their critical art writing skills. Through a combination of one-on-one mentorship and group workshops, emerging writers will develop their ability to enliven the critical discourse of the province and beyond. The program will provide professional support, editorial guidance, and opportunities for publication in BlackFlash Magazine. 

Deadline February 28, 2018

OUR MENTORS for 2018 are SKY GOODDEN, GLORIA HICKEY, and BARBARA MENELEY! Check out their bios below!

For more information and to apply: Critical Art Writing Mentorship

Still have questions? Call Terri at 306.522.9788 or email programs@carfac.sk.ca.

PRESENTED BY CARFAC SASK & BLACKFLASH MAGAZINE WITH FUNDING FROM SASK CULTURE.


SKY GOODDEN is the founding publisher and editor of Momus, an international online art publication that stresses a return to art criticism. Momus has been critically recognized, and widely read and shared, receiving citations from peer publications including Frieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, and the LA Times, among others. The publication was shortlisted for two International Art Criticism Awards in 2016. Upon its third anniversary in October 2017, Momus has grown an audience of over 700,000 readers, two-thirds of whom are based in the US and abroad. It is now producing a podcast titled Momus: The Podcast (the series is being syndicated by the popular, UKbased NTS Radio), and has published its first print compendium, titled Momus: A Return to Art Criticism Vol. 1 (2014-17).

Goodden holds an art history BFA from Concordia University and an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which in 2016 awarded her with an Alumni of Influence Award, “The Trailblazer.” She has published in Modern Painters, Canadian Art, C Magazine, the National Post, and Art21, among others.


GLORIA HICKEY is an independent curator and writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy of Art from the University of Toronto, has curated major exhibitions across the country and has had more than 250 craft related articles published. She has also edited prominent Canadian written works in relation to craft, including “Common Ground: Contemporary Craft, Architecture and the Decorative Arts” and “Making and Metaphor: A Discussion of Meaning in Contemporary Craft”. She is a two-time winner of the Betty Park Award for Critical Writing, winner of the 2010 Atlantic Craft Trade Award for Cultural Leadership in the Atlantic Region, and in 2011, she was the first winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s Critical Eye Award.


BARBARA MENELEY is a prairie-based Canadian visual artist whose interdisciplinary site responsive work engages with the landscapes and foundations of contemporary society and culture. ​Her work evolves through theoretical inquiry and contemporary intermedia art---installation, media, performance, writing, and engaged practice. Barbara holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen's University (2015), an MFA in Intermedia from the University of Regina (2008), and a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University (1995).